On Monday, Oct. 5th, at 7 p.m., McNally Jackson's International Literature Book Club, led by Yvonne Brooks, will discuss We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo. Click on the following Zoom link to join this virtual book club event:
A remarkable literary debut shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize: the unflinching and powerful story of a young girl's journey out of Zimbabwe and to America.
Praise for We Need New Names:
"A deeply felt and fiercely written debut novel . . . The voice Ms. Bulawayo has fashioned for [Darling] is utterly distinctive — by turns unsparing and lyrical, unsentimental and poetic, spiky and meditative." — Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Bulawayo describes all this in brilliant language, alive and confident, often funny, strong in its ability to make Darling's African life immediate . . . She demonstrates a striking ability to capture the uneasiness that accompanies a newcomer's arrival in America." — Uzodinma Iweala, The New York Times Book Review
"Bulawayo, whose prose is warm and clear and unfussy, maintains Darling's singular voice throughout, even as her heroine struggles to find her footing. Her hard, funny first novel is a triumph." — Entertainment Weekly
"Nearly as incisive about the American immigrant experience as it is about the failings of Mugabe's regime [in Zimbabwe]." — National Public Radio